Once the cochlear implant is activated, your child returns to the multidisciplinary team for check-ups and therapy on a regular basis. Typically there are evaluations at the two-week, one-month, three-month, six-month, and nine-month marks. At each evaluation, your child’s speech processor is remapped, and additional testing is provided as needed. Each child hears differently, and audiologists excel at matching programs to each child’s unique style of hearing.
After the first year, audiograms and speech perception tests are given every six months for two to three years, after which they are given annually. Programming is done at the same intervals, and speech and language evaluation is done once a year. If necessary, your child may require more frequent follow-up visits.
If you live far away and/or it is not convenient for you to come here on a regular basis, we work with you to find healthcare professionals in your area who can provide care that is both appropriate and convenient.
We have a support team you can join if your child has a cochlear implant here. The team will put you in touch with other families whose children have also received cochlear implants at Comer Children’s as well as with the professionals dedicated to helping you and your child.